News Category: Events

Global Ministry Partners Don & Maryjane Westra Visit Minnesota

Don and Maryjane Westra have called Minnesota home since 1990.  They are members of Federated Church, United Church of Christ in Fergus Falls. Their faith and values led them to join Global Ministries in 2009. The Westras’ first assignment was in the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe. In 2013 they moved to Honduras. Don worked with… Read more »

Fall Youth Events – “Creating Racial Justice in Our World”

Over the weekend (and this coming weekend) our Minnesota Conference youth are being led through difficult and timely discussions on racial justice by two skilled facilitators from the Connecticut Conference UCC, Emily McKenna and Isaac Monts. Our youth and leaders are being led through discussions of racial justice, Black Lives Matter, and micro-aggressions — along with… Read more »

2016 Fall Leadership Retreat

We just finished our annual Leadership Retreat at Pilgrim Point Camp. Thirty Board members, staff, and chairs of various committees, teams, and work groups spent two days learning about good governance and imagining new ways of working together to advance the mission of the MNCUCC. And we had some fun in the process! Heather Kimmel… Read more »

What Now? A Pastoral Word from Conference Minister Reverend Shari Prestemon

The two Minneapolis police officers involved in the shooting death of Jamar Clark in north Minneapolis on November 15, 2015 will not be charged.  That word came just this morning from Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman following a four-month investigation.  The question I find myself praying about this afternoon, the anxious nagging at my heart,… Read more »

Minnesota Conference Traveling to Israel-Palestine in 2017

Have you always wanted to “walk where Jesus walked”?  Do the complexities of the situation in Israel-Palestine interest you?  Do you long to experience the region that is the cradle of three Abrahamic faiths…Judaism, Christianity, and Islam? The Minnesota Conference of the UCC is organizing a study tour to Israel-Palestine for January 9 – 20,… Read more »

MN Conference Celebrates Wider Church Covenant Throughout the Weekend – OCWM at Work!

“The Holy Spirit envisions a future in which the United Church of Christ matters.” Those words from Rev. Dr. John Dorhauer, General Minister & President (GMP) of the United Church of Christ, defined a weekend of events where Minnesota Conference clergy and lay leaders gathered to celebrate being part of the UCC and to reflect… Read more »

Raising Our Voices in a Messy World – A Pastoral Letter from the Conference Minister

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.” I John 4:18 It has been a devastating, mind-numbing week. Last Thursday, suicide bombings in Beirut left at least 43 dead and over 200 more wounded. The very next day, 129 souls perished in a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. In… Read more »

OCWM Makes Many Things Possible

Why Support Our Church’s Wider Mission? This month at the Minnesota Conference United Church of Christ, there have been numerous happenings that give us reason to support Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM). When you think about whether your church can afford to make a pledge or contribution to OCWM, please consider all that the Minnesota… Read more »

COMMAnts from the Conference Minister – October 2015

A call to Prayer & Action Conference Minister Shari Prestemon reflects on the tragic events of Umpqua Community  College last week and calls the Minnesota Conference to add their action to their prayers. “Our thoughts and prayers are not enough,” said President Obama.  “It’s not enough.” President Obama shared these remarks last Thursday, responding to… Read more »